Life Travel

Planning: Part II

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If you’ve been reading my blog you’ll know that I’m embarking on a cross-country road trip in fourteen days! It’s hard to believe how fast time has flown by since the entry in which I initially mentioned going to Seattle. I’m excited about this, but I wish I had more time to get some extra cash, and had some time to rest before leaving as I’m leaving right after the semester is up.

I’ve been downloading all sorts of new music to have for the trip. I’ve been burned out on my current music selection for a while so the new music is welcomed. I got a few recommendations from friends for road trip music, and if you have some to add please do. Today I downloaded Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog OST (saw this recently and loved it), The Dandy Warhols (Odditorium Or Warlords Of Mars and Welcome To The Monkey House), and Tinted Windows – Taylor Hanson’s side project. I’m really interested to hear the Tinted Windows album, it’s Taylor Hanson (from my favorite band of all time Hanson, obviously), James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins), Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick), and Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne and Ivy). It’s got a lot of good reviews, but my opinion will be biased either way.

Trip Itinerary
Day 1 (Sunday, May 17th)
– Leaving early morning, stopping in St. Louis for lunch near the Gateway Arch.
– Drive through the night to South Dakota. We’re half way there!

Day 2
– Arrive at Mt. Rushmore in Keystone, SD to sightsee.
– Travel a couple more hours to Wyoming to Devil’s Tower. Should I see the Steven Spielberg film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” before going? Apparently it was filmed there many years ago.
– Drive a few more hours to Red Lodge, Montana and stay the night in a hotel. Are we going to wake up the next morning? Heh-heh.

Day 3
– That morning (late morning, I hope) begin the Beartooth Scenic Byway. I think this will be my favorite part, from the pictures I’ve seen the views are incredible. My friends will probably hate me by the end of the drive because I’ll be stopping too many times to take photos. ;-P
– Find a hotel and relax.
Those were the plans, but we found out on Friday that the Beartooth Scenic Bypass is only open seasonly – Memorial Day weekend to early September. I was a bit disappointed in that, but there are several bypasses in Seattle and Oregon that I can do on my own time. Plans for the extra day we’ll have are still up in the air.

Day 4
– Day at Yellowstone National Park.
– Get mauled by a bear. :(
– Recover and depending on how we feel we will either drive the 11 hours to Seattle, or we will stay at the hotel again and leave the following morning.

Day 5 (Friday, May 22nd)
– Arrive in Seattle after 2,600+ miles of driving (!!)

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2 Comments

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    Phyllis Erck
    May 5, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Wow, what a great trip you’re planning.

    It sounds like Missoula would be the perfect spot to stop on your way to Seattle. Our family has a very nice, very reasonably priced hotel in Missoula, Ruby’s Inn. We’d love to have you as our guest. The hotel is handy to I-90 but also situated with the beautiful little Grant Creek running through the property, which has mature landscaped trees and a park with a horseshoe pit, and a stone barbeque pit out by the creek where you could grill your own super. We have an outdoor pool and hot-tub and sauna right by the creek as well. I hope that you’ll stay with us on your trip. We’re often full by this time of the year so please call ahead if you think you’ll be staying in Missoula.

    A couple of things of note about Missoula.
    Full of great photographers. Chris Lombardi, for one (check out his Flickr).

    We’re also a college town and have a lot of great music in town. Lyle Lovett will be playing with an acoustic trio on May 21.

    We’re in a gorgeous valley with easy access to lots of day hikes into the 5 different valleys and various mountain peaks and several nearby hot springs.

    Even if you don’t stay with us in Missoula you may want to plan to stop and take a dip in the hot springs that are right along I-90 about 20 miles East of Missoula. Very easy to get to, you can see them from the highway.

    Safe travels,
    Phyllis (Ruby’s daughter)
    800-221-2057
    http://rubys.montana.com

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    Dylan Kight
    May 14, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    This sounds like a blast! Be safe and have fun! Oh yeah! Load your iPod up with tons of stuff to jam to!

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